Reynolds receiving James E. Sullivan Award in 2016
|No. 81 Baltimore Ravens|
|Date of birth:||December 13, 1994|
|Place of birth:||Antioch, Tennessee|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school:||Madison (TN) Goodpasture Christian|
|NFL Draft:||2016 / Round: 6 / Pick: 182|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Keenan Reynolds is an American football wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Navy Midshipmen as a quarterback, where he finished his career with an NCAA Division I record 88 career touchdowns and an NCAA FBS record 4,559 rushing yards by a quarterback.
Reynolds was born in Antioch, Tennessee and started playing football when he was five. He attended Goodpasture Christian School in Madison, where he led the school to a 27–6 record and consecutive district championships. He started for all four years. Reynolds also ran track and was a member of the National Honor Society. Reynolds graduated in 2012 with four varsity letters.
After his senior year of high school, Reynolds received offers from Navy, Air Force and Wofford. He also garnered interest from Middle Tennessee State and Vanderbilt. Eventually, he committed to Navy, being impressed by the school's campus and football record.
Reynolds started his freshman season as the fourth-string quarterback, seeing limited action in garbage time. In the fourth game of the season against Air Force, starting quarterback Trey Miller injured his ankle and Reynolds took over, leading the Midshipmen to the win. Afterwards, Reynolds was named the starter, becoming the third freshman in school history to do so, for the final eight games of the season. The Midshipmen went 8–5 in 2012, but lost to the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl 62–28.
In 2013 against San Jose State, Reynolds scored seven rushing touchdowns, the most by a quarterback in NCAA history. At the end of the season, Reynolds had 29 rushing touchdowns, breaking Ricky Dobbs and Collin Klein's single season records. Navy finished the season 9–4 and won the Armed Forces Bowl against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
Reynolds started eleven games in 2014. Against Temple, Reynolds twisted his knee and missed the game against Texas State. The 8–5 Midshipmen ended the season with a 17–16 win over the San Diego State Aztecs in the Poinsettia Bowl.
In the 2015 game against SMU, Reynolds broke the record for the most career rushing touchdowns in FBS history with 78, passing Montee Ball. Later in the season in the Army–Navy Game, Reynolds surpassed Adrian N. Peterson's record for the most rushing touchdowns in NCAA Division I history with 85. He later broke the record for most career total touchdowns with 88 and most rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,559. Reynolds also holds other quarterbacking records including the most career rushing attempts and touchdowns, most rushing touchdowns and most rushing touchdowns in a game. He is also the only Navy QB to go 4–0 against Army. Reynolds finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy running, the highest by a service academy player since Navy quarterback Roger Staubach's win in 1963. The 11–2 Midshipmen ended the season with a win over the Pittsburgh Panthers in the Military Bowl, winning 44–28 at home in their own stadium. With this win, Reynolds helped contribute to the first Navy team to ever achieve 11 wins in a season. Also, Reynolds and his senior class picked up their 36th win, which tied the Midshipmen class of 1909.
Reynolds made the East team, switching from quarterback to running back in the 2016 East–West Shrine Game, an annual all-star game for college seniors. Even though he didn't play in the game due to some tightness in his back, he was made a unanimous captain for the East team. Also during the East–West Shrine Game, Reynolds won the Pat Tillman Award, which "is presented to a player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service. The award is about a student-athlete's achievements and conduct, both on and off the field."
On February 28, 2016, the Naval Academy announced that Reynolds would be the last player to wear No. 19. Reynolds joins the list of Roger Staubach (No. 12), Joe Bellino (No. 27) and Napoleon McCallum (No. 30) whose numbers have been retired by the school.
|NCAA career totals||50||49||36–16||242||462||4,001||52.4||31||8||143.8||977||4,559||4.7||88|
Reynolds was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but worked out as a wide receiver with the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots, while also attending a pro day with the Baltimore Ravens. In the 2016 NFL Draft, the Ravens drafted Reynolds in the sixth round with the 182nd overall pick.
On September 3, 2016, Reynolds was released by the Ravens during final team cuts and was signed to the practice squad the following day. He was promoted to the active roster on December 30 for the final game of the season. However, he was on the inactive list for the game, which ensured he would be an exclusive rights free agent and ineligible to sign a reserve/futures contract with any other team.
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